Dalian is the exception in the Northeast and came to my variety-deprived tummy's rescue. My boss recommended that I try the Tapas Spanish Restaurant near Russiantown. I had my doubts because Western-style food in Northeast China has been expectedly disappointing. This place knocked my socks off and I vowed to revisit whenever I'm in Dalian. Dalian is the Northeast's foodie heaven because it has an international presence so the demand for Japanese, Korean, European, and American food has long been established before my arrival.
Chef Carlos Chordi's Tapas Spanish Restaurant
Here are the photos from 2 amazing meals. You must order the Crusty Bread with Creamy Tomato Spread and Parma Ham when you dine here. You will not get crusty bread (Chinese take on Western bread is always a version of brioche) anywhere else in Northeast China. Indulge.
Cucumber Honey Smoothie
Grilled Musrooms Stuffed with Chopped Walnuts; Shrimp Sauteed with Garlic in White Wine and Olive Oil